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Modern Arabic LiteratureA Theoretical Framework$
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Reuven Snir

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474420518

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420518.001.0001

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Literary Dynamics in Generic and Diachronic Cross-section

Literary Dynamics in Generic and Diachronic Cross-section

(p.175) Chapter 4 Literary Dynamics in Generic and Diachronic Cross-section
Modern Arabic Literature

Reuven Snir

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter concentrates on the importance of referring to the historical, diachronic development each genre in Arabic literature has been undergoing underwent and the relationships that exist between genres. As with any scholarly treatment of genre, it refers to the developing innovations and discussions of genre theory and the question, “What is genre?” Crucial in this regard is the concept of periodization, that is, how one is to delimit and define “literary periods.” Since literary genres do not emerge in a vacuum, the issue of generic development cannot be confined to certain time spans, and emphasis is placed on the relationship between modern literature, on the one hand, and classical and medieval literature, on the other. The complete study of the historical, diachronic development of literary dynamics requires an analysis of every genre and sub-genre, of the interrelationships and interactions between the genres, as well as of the interactions and interrelationships between the genres and the sub-genres. For reasons of practicality, the chapter relates to only three main genres: poetry, fiction, and theatre.

Keywords:   Arabic literature, periodisation, literary period, diachronic, genres, sub-genres, poetry, fiction, short story, theatre

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